How does a teenager experience hope when their mom is living on the streets addicted to drugs, and they know fentanyl is killing people, and the cold of winter is coming? How does a child experience peace when their father is violent and recently attacked their mom in their presence? How does a young mom who has been homeless for over a year experience joy when landlords don’t want to rent to young Aboriginal parents, and the unfinished, dark basement they are staying in is starting to lead to depression? How does a young person experience love when their own mother abandoned her, and the boyfriend that she thought would love her walked away?
The Bible says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” (1 John 3:16). And so, every day, Inner Hope staff and volunteers lay down their lives: taking a youth shopping when they are given a youth housing apartment because their parents can’t provide for them, holding a child or youth while they sob after a violent incident, modeling the unconditional love of Christ through committed relationships. This season, we've put together some stories from our young people highlighting how they experience hope, peace, joy and love because of Inner Hope.
- Jenny Shantz, Executive Director